The owner of the registered trademark CLUBHOUSE has accused the rapidly-growing social network app Clubhouse – which has garnered fans including Elon Musk – of spuriously seeking the removal of his app from marketplaces.
The Swedish music streaming service has been given greater access to users who are practicing social distancing. While this time is critical for building brand intimacy, the company cannot lose focus on long-term innovation.
This decision of the Swedish Patent and Market Court of Appeal highlights the high threshold for establishing distinctiveness for a shape mark, as well as the importance of supporting evidence. Read more
Following a victory at the Swedish Patent and Market Court, electronic signature provider e-Boks was dealt a blow when the appeal court found that there was no likelihood of confusion between E-BOKS and EBOX. Read more
In our latest round-up, we look at how Africa lacks anti-counterfeiting tools, how a growing proportion of companies are affected by infringement, Bulgaria bolstering its digital trademark offering, and much more. Read more
In our latest news digest, we look at the US Supreme Court confirming that it will rule on scandalous trademarks, a retailer called Pooey Puitton going up against Louis Vuitton, IP Australia joining TMclass, and much more. Read more
In our latest round-up, we look at a study showing the scale of illicit alcohol, a Counterfeit Mini ad being lauded, luxury brands' increasing use of sound design in their products, and much more. Read more
In our latest round-up, we look at more trademark applications related to the #MeToo movement, the Swedish IP Office warning against fake election posters, a US court having its say on trademark bullying, and much more. Read more
Any natural person or legal entity can apply for a mark and representatives do not require a power of attorney before filing. Anything that can be graphically represented is eligible for trademark protection. Read more
The Swedish Patent and Market Court has found that the labels on the bottles of Alice Bardot and Bônde & Étable champagne did not infringe the registered trademark of champagne house André Clouet. Read more
In a victory for international outdoors clothing company Timberland, the Patent and Market Court has found that there was a likelihood of confusion between the mark TIMBERZ and the earlier mark TIMBERLAND for clothing. Read more
Albihns.Zacco AB has been expelled from the Association of Swedish Intellectual Property Law Firms (SEPAF) for breach of the organisation’s ethical rules. The decision highlights some of the issues that can arise from IP firm mergers.
As of October 1 2012, the Swedish Patent and Registration Office is applying a new practice concerning the examination of formalities in trademark and industrial design matters. In essence, the new practice simplifies the process for users in matters where the office used to require a signature in original handwriting.
In a decision under Paragraph 7 of the ‘.se’ Policy, a WIPO arbitrator has found that it was unclear whether the domain name holder was targeting the petitioner and that the dispute may exceed the scope of the policy. Read more
The Administrative Court of Appeal has held that a couple who had sold counterfeit goods on Sweden's largest online auction site were liable to pay VAT on all sales. The decision is significant in that it provides a new tool to prevent the trade of counterfeit goods on the internet.
The Supreme Court has announced that it will hear an appeal filed by the Swedish arm of electronics giant Sony against a decision from the Court of Appeal. The Court of Appeal held that Sony Sweden had infringed the rights of the owner of the I-LINK mark because its website linked to other sites that featured the term 'i-link'.
The Internet Infrastructure Foundation has issued new registration rules for the '.se' domain space. The rules, which will be implemented next month, are more relaxed than the previous regime and will allow any natural or legal person to register almost any name.
Sweden is one of the few European countries where a black-and-white mark is regarded as covering all colours. However, in a recent case involving two figurative marks, the Patent and Market Court has held that the scope of protection of the earlier mark was limited to its black-and-white representation. Read more
In Sweden, exclusive rights to designs can be established by filing an application for: a Swedish national design registration; a registered Community design; or an international application to register a design through the Hague System, designating the European Community. Read more
The Design Act was amended in 2002 to reflect changes at EU level to harmonise IP laws within the European Union. As a result, Swedish design law is largely consistent with the rules that apply in other EU member states. Cases handed down by the EU courts and legal literature regarding the EU design system are, in many cases, also relevant for the interpretation of the Design Act. Read more
In Sweden, exclusive rights to designs can be established by filing an application for: a Swedish national design registration; a registered Community design; or an international application to register a design through the Hague System, designating the European Community.
In Sweden, the Trademarks Act 1877/2010 sets out the framework for trademark protection. The legislation is based on the EU Trademark Directive (2008/95/EC), which has direct effect in Sweden. Read more
A recent case in the newly inaugurated Patent and Market Court between two large food manufacturers, Orkla and Nestlé, has become the most expensive trademark dispute in Swedish history. In the latest development, the Patent and Market Court found that Nestlé infringed Orkla’s mark due to enhanced reputation of the FELIX brand.